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Marie Le Lievre

Underlying the sumptuous depths of her surfaces and the layers of oil paint slowly built up on top of each other is an interest in disrupting notions of purity and teasing or corrupting the boundary between abstraction and figuration. Also at play is a dance between chaos and containment with paint itself allowed a performative role within parameters defined by the artist.

Materially and metaphorically Le Lievre’s paintings play with the tension between flow and structure, chaos and order. The artist is the choreographer through whom motion and feeling flow; she conceives and controls while allowing her media to perform.

Le Lievre completed a Master of Fine Arts with distinction at the University of Canterbury in 2008. She has exhibited throughout New Zealand and in Australia, France and Japan. Her work is in private and public collections including the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Art Gallery and Fletcher Challenge Corporation. Marie has attracted considerable attention in recent years. Three years ago she was on the covers of Art News New Zealand and New Zealand’s arts and literature magazine Tahake, at the same time, as well as being dubbed an artist to watch by Home NZ magazine.